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Metro Atlanta students stranded because of the storm

NEW YORK -- A couple dozen metro Atlanta high school students are hunkered down in their hotel rooms. The students were in New York City for a weekend competition, now they're stuck because of the powerful superstorm, Sandy.

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While teenagers from Grady High School left New York early Sunday to beat the weather, students from Atlanta International School and Jonesboro High are trapped there. Jonesboro kids had hoped to spend the day sightseeing. Instead they spent the bulk of the day inside their hotel.

SWAT on scene at Rex gas station

REX, Ga. -- Police are on the scene of a shooting and SWAT standoff at a Valero Gas Station in Clayton County. 

According to authorities, FBI bomb techs have been called to the scene. 

Sources are telling 11Alive News that the suspect has already been shot by a sniper. And that the incident may be coming to an end shortly. 

The gas station is located at 6550 Highway 42. 

 

SPECIAL REPORT: DFCS and children at risk

11Alive News has spent months investigating the state's handling of cases of alleged child abuse and the troubling failures to protect at-risk children.

The Division of Family and Children Services says eleven children have died this year in Georgia despite DFCS investigations into the families.

We wanted to figure out why these children were falling through the cracks and if their deaths could have been prevented.

We focused on the case of Jadien Harvey, a two-year-old Clayton County boy who died under mysterious circumstances in July.

Clayton County Police say Jadien was being babysat by his mother's boyfriend Kemra Matthew when he suddenly stopped breathing. Ultimately, paramedics rushed all four children in the home to the hospital.

Initially, it appeared that doctors were facing a medical mystery -- an illness whose onset was sudden, severe and in Jadien's case deadly.

Metro jobless rate drops to 8.4 percent

Metro jobless rate drops to 8.4 percent

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 8.4 percent in September, down from a revised 8.8 percent in August.

In Clayton County, the unemployment rate was 10.5 percent in September.

Labor officials say the jobless rate declined primarily because of fewer layoffs in manufacturing, construction, trade, administrative and support services, and accommodations and food services.

Among other Georgia metro areas, the Athens area continued to have the lowest area jobless rate at 6.4 percent. The Dalton area had the highest at 11.2 percent.

American Family Insurance Top 5 Performances

American Family Insurance Top 5 Performances

ATLANTA -- Each week during the high school football season, American Family Insurance will present the All Metro Atlanta top five performances.

This week number 5 is Meatron Thomas' catch and score as Stockbridge beats Dutchtown 45-19.

Number 4 is Ty Griffin's 40 yard touchdown toss to Chris Okeh for the McEachern touchdown.  The Indians beat North Cobb 49-27.

Number 3 is Joshua Robert's halfback pass to John Smith for a Whitewater touchdown.  Whitewater beat Creekside 17-7.

Number 2 is Mario Atkins touchdown strike to Cameron Sutton for Jonesboro's score.  The Cardinals beat Spalding 32-7.

Number 1 this week is Keyante Green's touchdown run for Eagles Landing Christian.  Green rushed for 182 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Chargers blanked Our Lady Of Mercy 49-0.

One dead after shooting at Creflo Dollar's church

ATLANTA -- U.S. Marshals say they have arrested 51-year-old Floyd Palmer at Macy's at Lenox Square.

Palmer is accused of shooting a church volunteer at point blank range at World Changers Church International Wednesday morning.

Officers went through Palmer's home Wednesday afternoon looking for evidence. They returned overnight with a bomb squad over concern for what turned out to be a homemade alarm system.

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Student from Clayton Co. named FCS Freshman of the Week

FCS FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

Jermaine Hough, Jacksonville State, Freshman, 5-9, 163, DB, Lovejoy, Ga.

Hough had two key interceptions as Jacksonville State handed previously unbeaten and then-No. 17 Tennessee State a 31-28 overtime defeat. The true freshman also collected three tackles as JSU picked up a crucial Ohio Valley Conference, improving to 3-2 in the title race. Hough's first interception - which was also the first of his career - came on TSU's third play of the game as he picked off Tigers quarterback Michael German. It led to a touchdown nine plays later as the Gamecocks took an early 7-0 lead. In the fourth quarter, Hough intercepted his second pass and returned it 14 yards - just one play after JSU had fumbled at its own 40-yard line.